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The Absent One | [Jussi Adler-Olsen]

The Absent One

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....
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In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects - part of a group of privileged boarding-school students - confessed and was convicted.

But once Mørck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive. Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren’t the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried... as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head.

Every bit as pulse-pounding as the book that launched the series, The Absent One delivers further proof that Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the world's premier thriller writers.

©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Katherine 11-05-12
    Katherine 11-05-12 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader, loves suspense, classics, and any books that are well written no matter the genre.

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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable Listen"

    Book 2 of this new series was an entertaining listen. The main character was more fully developed in this book and the interactions between Carl and his assistants, Assad and Rose, (in Dept.Q) made for a lot of humor in an otherwise depressing case. The premise was a bit out there but it made no difference as I followed the sequence of events to the final conclusion. The end was inevitable and well written making me long for another book and a few more hours with this cast of characters. Really enjoyed the reader as well.
    I gave this book 5 stars as it kept me hooked into listening and finishing it in a couple of days!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth LA, USA 08-28-12
    Ruth LA, USA 08-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Just absolutely excellent."

    One of the best of the wonderful Scandinavian authors to be revealed because of the Millenium Trilogy. One of the very best I've listened to overall.

    This book takes off from the very first page. Detective Carl Merck and his Department Q deal with cold cases, nothing new these days, but their uniqueness and complicated lives take readers on an enticing and can't put the book down ride.

    Jussi AdlerOlsen's first book The Keeper of Lost Causes available on Audible which this book is a Department Q follow up is a must read too. Cannot wait until the next two books in this series are available.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 07-26-14
    Adam 07-26-14
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    "What a difference a reader makes!"

    I listened to the first of the series and found it tedious because the of the ponderous reader. Was glad I gave the second book a try because Adler-Olsen is good writer and it only needed a good reader to bring it to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 02-01-13
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent thriller"

    I found this book to be very entertaining from several aspects. First, it is a really good thriller as well as a good detective book. Second, it provides some insight into the Danish/Swedish culture. Though not the same quality, this book does have similarities to the books by Stieg Larson. Book does provide some sense of humor.

    The story about the abuse, mental anguish and then revenge is very human as well as very touching. There are not many innocent characters in this book, even the victim are not all that innocent which makes this book very interesting.

    Steven Pacey is one of my favorite narrators and he did an excellent job here as well.

    I would recommend this book, and I can’t wait for the next book to arrive on audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Keisha 01-29-13
    Keisha 01-29-13
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    "My hgh has come down . . ."

    3.5 stars. Awh, my high from book one in this series has come down. There was no mystery in this one. You knew the culprits from the beginning so it was more a revenge story but just ok not great at all. Looking at reviews from the country of origin this book stumbles but book three picks it all back up so I will definitely try when it's released in the states. It's not bad at all just a let down after reading the near flawless first book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Lakebay, WA, United States 10-03-12
    Teresa Lakebay, WA, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Can't Wait for the Next Book"
    What did you love best about The Absent One?

    Love the characters and the relationships. Jussi Adler-Olsen's last book was equally fine, perhaps even better, but it was little darker than this one. I just wish that when they do these English version audiobooks for a series that they make them all available in English at the same time. In any event, reading this series has made me a fan of the Department Q.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Carl Morck's dark humar, his relationship with the janitor (the assistant detective), and the advent of Rose, the secretary, whose sharp comments add spice to the Department Q.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This one has a bit more humor. I think the addition of the secretary Rose adds that extra.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Carl's relationship with his disabled former colleague. As the book evolves the guy gets more desperate. How Carl handles the situation is particularly moving.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christiana Cupertino, CA, United States 09-25-12
    Christiana Cupertino, CA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2006
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    "kept me listening"
    Would you listen to The Absent One again? Why?

    Yes, the characters were interesting enough that the "mystery" was only half the fun.


    Any additional comments?

    While not an edge of your seat thriller, the characters were engaging and there was just enough of a twist on tried and true formulas to make it fresh.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael P OConnor 06-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator Was SOOO Wrong!!!"
    What disappointed you about The Absent One?

    The narrator, Steven Pacey was absolutely horrible! He took a great book about a rather dark set of characters and an even darker plot line and made it whimsical and goofy. His voice has that very old annoying enunciation and quality of the characters in old Disney movies like Mary Poppins and Chity-Chity-Bang-Bang! Had I not previously listened to The Keeper of The Lost Cause narrated by Erik Davies – and awesomely and wonderfully dark rendition – I would’ve never finished listening.
    I’ll listen to book three but I’ll absolutely pass on book four when it’s available in the US.
    Even the best of books can be undone by one ridiculously miscast reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absent One?

    When I no longer had to listen to the voice of Steven Pacey!!!!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Absolutely!!!!!!!!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Absent One?

    The scenes related to the Private Detective.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 01-10-14
    John S MA 01-10-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Now I am hooked on this series."

    Set in Copenhagen, this is another in the great series by Adler Olsen. I read the series slightly out of order and although it was not that bothersome, I would recommend that you do read in order they were written. This was the second of 4 books, with the latest just released a few weeks prior to this review. I purchased the new one but have yet to listen to it. Detective Carl Mork is once again working the cold cases and has new cast of evil characters to contend with. Unlike most detective novels you know who committed the crimes from the beginning, the story is more about finding the evidence to arrest the bad guys.

    I read some negative reviews based on narrator, but had no problems with him. The first three books each have a new narrator, but unless you listen to them back-to-back you probably won't notice. Although like many others I prefer a single narrator for a series. The third and fourth book do share a common one, however.

    If you like this you will like the Jon Nesbo series and of course girl with dragon tattoo series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 12-09-13
    Diane 12-09-13
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    "Complicated at first"

    You need to read/listen to the first book in the series to be able to follow the main characters since, like in any series they develop in relation to one another. I loved this book. It was well read and the plot flowed very nicley.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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